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IF you are in search of a different kind of gathering in a different kind of setting, then you’re in luck. “Night at the Zoo,” an adults-only Saturday night party on September 9 at the Lincoln Park Zoo, will give attendees the opportunity to enjoy a different king of zoo experience that includes multiple live DJs, giveaways, various drinks and incredible views of the zoo’s animal exhibits and gardens. A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Park Zoological Society, which is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience right in the heart of the city. For more information and tickets to "Night at the Zoo," go to www.ChiLifeEvents.com.
Expo CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, returns to Navy Pier for its sixth annual presentation on September 13 through September 17. Considered to be one of the most inclusive art expositions in the world, this year's EXPO opens the international fall arts season and features artwork from 135 leading galleries that represent 25 countries and 58 cities. There's also a special exhibitions program featuring nonprofits and institutions, panel discussions, a selection of informational films, video and new media works. Focusing on Chicago's world-renowned history as a destination for arts and culture, EXPO CHICAGO bridges an all-important gap for Chicago's contemporary art community by involving regional, national and international institutions and collectors. For more information, go to www.expochicago.com.
The Chicago Sinfonietta's 30th Anniversary
THE Chicago Sinfonietta, hailed for its reputation as "the nation's most diverse orchestra," begins its 30th anniversary celebration with the 2017/18 season’s initial presentation Trademark, featuring some not-so-ordinary instruments, interesting collaborations and eye-opening classical reinterpretations. Highlighted in the special concert will be guest performances from the Northern Illinois University Steelband (below), Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, plus two world premieres––Coincident Dances by composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery and Sin Fronteras by Grammy Award-nominated composer Clarice Assad. The Sinfonietta performs Trademark at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville on September 16 at 8 p.m. and repeats the performance on September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, the orchestra's downtown Chicago home venue. Concerning this year’s special celebration, Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen (above) says: “As Chicago Sinfonietta approaches an important milestone in its history, our programming continues to reflect a pioneering and innovative spirit more than ever, especially through the dedication to showcasing unusual instruments, and our unprecedented commitment to featuring brand new commissions by diverse, prominent women composers."